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A few weeks have passed since the Battle for Azeroth expansion launched, and with the Uldir raid and Mythic Keystone dungeons now fully available, it is the perfect time for Blizzard to start issuing some much-needed balance changes. As such, I am glad to say that they will be doing just that this September 11th, after the usual server maintenance.

The changes are all fairly minor in the grand scheme of things, but they should still help bring some of the under-performing specializations into the spotlight, if only for a couple of boss fights. Here are the full patch notes, they aren't very long:

Druid

Feral

- All damage increased by 5%.

Restoration

- All healing increased 3%.

- Rejuvenation mana cost reduced to 10.5% (was 11%).

Hunter

Beast Mastery

- All damage reduced by 5%.

Mage

Fire

- All damage increased by 6%.

- Flamestrike damage increased by 15%.

Paladin

Holy

- Holy Light and Flash of Light healing increased by 7%.

Priest

Discipline

- Smite damage reduced by 9%.

Holy

- All healing reduced by 3%.

Shadow

- Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch damage increased by 20%.

Rogue

Outlaw

- All damage reduced by 5%.

- Deadshot (Azerite Trait) reduced by 20%.

Subtlety

- All damage reduced by 5%.

Shaman

Restoration

- Healing Rain healing increased by 12%.

- Riptide healing increased by 6%.

Warlock

Affliction

- Summon Darkglare damage reduced by 20%.

Demonology

- All damage increased by 5%.

Destruction

- All damage increased by 5%.

There might be some more tweaks by the time this update goes live, but don't expect anything major. After all, it's still a bit too early for sweeping balance changes given that the very first raid has only been available for a couple of days. Blizzard will most likely wait for at least a week or two before diving into the data to see which specializations are under-performing, why that is the case, and then bringing them up. We already know they're looking at Shaman and Priest, so chances are they have their eyes on all of the outliers.

Once more information becomes available I'll make sure to let you know, but until then I would highly recommend you check out the new Uldir raid as it really is an enjoyable one. Have fun!

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